2014 Year in Review

The films you saw, the reviews you loved, the people you watched and hopefully a few discoveries for your watchlist. Let’s go!

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Highest Rated Film


Linklater’s stunning film blurs the lines of art and life completely. In doing so, he brilliantly chooses an approach lacking of any pretense, opting for emulation instead of manipulation. DirkH DirkH

  1. Boyhood
  2. Whiplash
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Mommy
  5. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  6. Gone Girl
  7. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  8. Nightcrawler
  9. Selma
  10. Winter Sleep

You don’t want the bumpers, life doesn’t give you bumpers.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Take your hands off my lobby boy!

M. Gustave

Highest Rated Foreign Language


Combines the rage of I Killed My Mother and the calmness of We Need to Talk About Kevin and delivers a knock-out punch. Varghese Varghese

  1. Mommy
  2. Winter Sleep
  3. The Raid 2
  4. Norte, The End of History
  5. Leviathan
  6. Force Majeure
  7. Two Days, One Night
  8. Like Father, Like Son
  9. Ida
  10. Why Don't You Play in Hell?

Highest Rated Documentary

Life Itself

Heart-breaking, life-affirming, glorious documentary on the life of film critic Roger Ebert. It's impossibly hard to look at, and unconscionable to not have seen. Devon Torrey Bryant Devon Torrey Bryant

  1. Life Itself
  2. Citizenfour
  3. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
  4. The Overnighters
  5. 20,000 Days on Earth
  6. National Gallery
  7. The Salt of the Earth
  8. Next Goal Wins
  9. Virunga
  10. The Battered Bastards of Baseball
Life Itself

He made it possible for a bigger audience, a wider audience to appreciate cinema as an art form, because he really loved films.

Martin Scorsese

Highest Rated Animation

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

A tour de force of exquisite watercolors, simple yet uniquely intricate depictions of the intrinsic beauty and wonder found in nature. … The fact that this film has an imaginative, heartfelt narrative is simply a bonus, really. Rakestraw Rakestraw

  1. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  2. The Lego Movie
  3. Ernest & Celestine
  4. How to Train Your Dragon 2
  5. Big Hero 6
The Lego Movie

Then I guess we’ll just have to wing it. … That’s a bat pun.


Highest Rated Science Fiction

Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s an origin story, but the kind that doesn’t linger too much on the characters’ backstories. The protagonists are defined by their actions in the moment rather than their pasts (smart move), and this is ultimately why the viewer ends up caring about them. Jared Gores Jared Gores

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy
  2. Interstellar
  3. Under the Skin
  4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  5. Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy

Well, on my planet we have a legend about people like you. It’s called ‘Footloose’.

Peter Quill

Highest Rated Horror

The Babadook

Rather than craft a film about a shadowy monster that haunts a mother and her son, Jennifer Kent has created a brilliantly symbolic psychodrama that is both frightening and poignant, a commentary on grief/loss, chemical dependence and interpersonal relationships. Eli Hayes Eli Hayes

  1. The Babadook
  2. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  3. Housebound
  4. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
  5. Starry Eyes
The Babadook

Well that’s the end of the internet.


Highest Rated Action

The Raid 2

After I left the theater, I needed a huge drink of water to cool myself down because I was totally amped. Just WOW! I seriously can’t put the last 30 minutes into words. … A game changer for action films. Evan Evan

  1. The Raid 2
  2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  3. Edge of Tomorrow
  4. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Edge of Tomorrow

Come find me when you wake up!

Rita Vrataski

The Year in Numbers


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More Numbers

During 2014 we logged 5,260,189 hours watching films

And we wrote 98,661,814 words about them!

Of the films watched, 19.9% were 2014 releases


Either you’re deliberately out of tune and sabotaging my band, or you don’t know you’re out of tune, and that’s even worse.

Terence Fletcher
Inherent Vice

I need your help, Doc.

Shasta Fay Hepworth

In Memoriam

Philip Seymour Hoffman

He often played creeps, but he rarely played them creepily. His metier was human loneliness—the terrible uncinematic kind that has very little to do with high-noon heroism and everything to do with everyday empathy—and the necessary curse of human self-knowledge. He held up a mirror to those who could barely stand to look at themselves and invited us not only to take a peek but to see someone we recognized. —Tom Junod, Esquire

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Watch the tribute video by Caleb Slain


The name of my company is Video Production News, a professional news-gathering service. That’s how it should be read and that’s how it should be said.

Lou Bloom

The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in their control and not the other way around. Let them fight.

Dr. Ichiro Serizawa

Would it help if I said my facial expressions out loud? Welcoming smile.

Gone Girl

I will practice believing my husband loves me but I could be wrong.

Amy Dunne

In Memoriam

Robin Williams

Very few people would try to upstage fireworks, and probably only Robin Williams could have succeeded. I doubt anyone asked him for his play-by-play, an impromptu performance for a small, captive group, and I can’t say if it arose from inspiration or compulsion. Maybe there’s not really a difference. Whether or not anyone expected him to be, and maybe whether or not he entirely wanted to be, he was on. —A.O. Scott, NY Times

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Robin Williams – In Motion by Tony Zhou


And since we’re being frank here, I think you should quit that fantasy of being a third-rate movie actor.


Our mission does not work if the people on Earth are dead by the time we pull it off.


Most Obsessively Rewatched

Guardians of the Galaxy

The appearance of the title in gigantic letters, as Quill throws out his arms to Come and Get Your Love’s first “Heyyyy!”, may be the most purely joyous moment I’ve experienced at the movies all year. Just wish the commitment to that tone had been absolute. Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy
  2. Frozen
  3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  4. The Lego Movie
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

The future is clear. It’s going to fall apart. I can already see it.

Hayao Miyazaki

Most Divisive Film

God's Not Dead

Paints atheists as embittered ex-Christians who hate religion and all religious people. … This is future cult film level hilarity going on here. Lisa the Beauty Queen Lisa the Beauty Queen

  1. God's Not Dead
  2. Sharknado 2: The Second One
  3. Goodbye to Language
  4. Vampire Academy
  5. Annie
  6. Endless Love
  7. Transformers: Age of Extinction
  8. Tusk
  9. Winter's Tale
  10. A Haunted House 2

Film We Most Loved to Hate

Sharknado 2: The Second One

The film opens with a shot of an airplane tail fin “swimming” through clouds, an explicit homage to Airplane’s homage to Jaws. This reference … perfectly embodies exactly how derivative and schlocky the rest of the movie is going to be. ScreeningNotes ScreeningNotes

  1. Sharknado 2: The Second One
  2. Transformers: Age of Extinction
  3. Winter's Tale
  4. Vampire Academy
  5. God's Not Dead

Lowest Rated Film

Left Behind

A poorly conceived, drawn-out shitfest that masquerades its religious grandstanding as [an] aviation action thriller. … Everything here is a played-out cliché, or predictable stereotype. Jonathan Paula 📸 Jonathan Paula 📸

  1. Left Behind
  2. The Legend of Hercules
  3. Leprechaun: Origins
  4. Ouija
  5. God's Not Dead
  6. I, Frankenstein
  7. A Haunted House 2
  8. Devil's Due
  9. The Hungover Games
  10. Rage
Big Hero 6

I fail to see how flying makes me a better healthcare companion.


Ones to Watch

The Dark Horse

  1. The Dark Horse
  2. Magical Girl
  3. Song of the Sea
  4. Marshland
  5. The Duke of Burgundy
  6. Li'l Quinquin
  7. From What Is Before
  8. Horse Money
  9. Haider
  10. Queen

A revelatory, tour de force performance from Cliff Curtis as the titular Dark Horse, in a story told with raw emotional honesty. Chris Hormann Chris Hormann

Most Anticipated in 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. Jupiter Ascending
  4. Jurassic World
  5. Ant-Man
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  8. Knight of Cups
  9. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  10. Tomorrowland

See the full list for 2015 and beyond…

Only Lovers Left Alive

So this is your wilderness. Detroit.


Video Countdown

25 Best of 2014

Each year, Letterboxd member David Ehrlich compiles a video countdown of his favorite films from the past twelve months. This year’s countdown is presented by the fantastic Little White Lies magazine, where David is Editor-at-Large. Turn down the house lights and enjoy his lovingly crafted 2014 retrospective…

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Look, you’re beautiful and you’re talented. And I’m lucky to have you.

Riggan Thomson

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